Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Last Updated on July 15, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

I decided to make this healthy homemade peanut butter fudge recipe because I have about 8 jars of peanut butter in my pantry. Why? Because I am the type of person who stocks up on healthy food when I find a good deal. I found a buy one get one free sale recently on natural peanut butter and I could probably make a years worth of PB&J sandwiches with it and never run out.

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peanut butter fudge

This week,  I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking at nut butter recipes for inspiration. I found a paleo fudge recipe online that looked easy enough and decided to swap out the almond butter for the peanut butter I need to use up.

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Sweeteners for Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge

You know what else I have a ton of? Real maple syrup. I went up to visit my family in Vermont this summer and brought back 3 gallons of the stuff. No, I am not exaggerating. I have huge jugs of maple syrup sitting on the floor of my pantry. We are enjoying a lot of homemade waffles and pancakes!

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The homemade peanut butter fudge recipe I made uses maple syrup as the sweetener but I bet it would work just as well with honey if you prefer to try that (and if you like this recipe, try my homemade peanut butter pie!) (and if you like this recipe, try my homemade peanut butter pie!).

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Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Using Coconut Oil in Fudge

I was a little worried about the coconut oil in this fudge recipe because it has a very ‘coconutty’ flavor. And yes, the final product really does taste slightly like coconut. However, I am actually pleasantly surprised at how well the flavor of coconut compliments the peanut butter. I never would have thought that these two flavors would mix well in a homemade fudge but I am thrilled I gave it a try.

coconut oil

Is coconut oil good for you to eat?  While there has been some debate about using coconut oil to cook with, overall, yes, there are many health benefits to coconut oil. Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats. They have different effects on the body than most other types of fat. Saturated fats like coconut oil provide your body and brain with quick energy. They also raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood, which is linked to reduced heart disease risk.  

Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge

How do I choose a good coconut oil?

There are dozens of options out there nowadays for coconut oil.  Which coconut oil is the best for making homemade fudge?  Typically,  unrefined coconut oil has the strongest taste and flavor of coconuts. It’s often used for applying to the skin in homemade beauty products.

For edible creations like this, refined coconut oil may be a better choice if you don’t want the actual flavor of coconut to permeate your peanut butter fudge.  Personally, I think the two flavors blend quite nicely but you may have a different opinion!

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

This easy homemade fudge recipe took me only 5 minutes to make. Seriously! Melt ingredients on the stove. Stir with a whisk. Pour into muffin tins lined with muffin cups. I made mini sized homemade fudge bites as well as regular muffin cup sized ones as well.

Want to make this healthy homemade fudge recipe decorative and give it as a gift? Here is my affiliate link for decorative muffin liners and attractive candy boxes. Just box up and say thank you to your favorite teacher, mail carrier or scout leader!


Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Yield: 12 servings

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Have a sweet tooth but want a healthy snack? This homemade peanut butter fudge recipe has three healthy ingredients. An easy fudge recipe with no guilt!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • finely chopped peanuts (if desired)
  • coarsely granulated salt (for decorating, if desired)


  1. Place all ingredients in a pan on the stove
  2. Heat over medium heat until starting to melt
  3. Whisk until all ingredients are blended and mixture is smooth
  4. Pour into muffin tin lined with muffin liners
  5. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts if desired
  6. Chill several hours until firm
  7. Remove from fridge and enjoy! Either box up as is or remove from liners, place on tray and sprinkle lightly with coarse salt to serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 9g

Nutrition info is not always accurate

To see my inspiration for this healthy homemade fudge recipe, check out The Big Man’s World. There are some seriously delicious looking recipes over there!

Want more healthy homemade candy recipes?

Try this Quinoa and Lavender Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe

Quinoa Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe with Lavender makes a delicious ice cream topping!


  1. I don’t eat a lot of desserts, but this looks really good! Yum!

  2. Oh man! This would be such a big hit for my family! It would also make a great dessert for our football parties! Can’t wait to make these!

  3. LOVE! And I love the fact that you used natural sweeteners like maple syrup! Delicious idea for the holidays!

  4. This look AMAZING! I want to lick my screen!

    • My son is inhaling this stuff and I don’t even mind! Its a totally healthy treat and he has a huge sweet tooth!

  5. Why yes I’d love a piece….or 20! Man those sound amazing! I’m a big fan of the natural sweeteners too! I Think they make everything taste so much better anyway.

  6. Ryan Escat says

    Oh my goodness! I’m pretty sure that my kids would love it.

  7. I’m always looking for something sweet that’s healthy. I just may try this .

  8. I made these today and they’re so good! They taste just like the peanut butter in Reeses, thanks for sharing the recipe!

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